Last week marked the clash of the pop titans as Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus both released hotly anticipated albums. While Demi’s album seemed to be a fan favorite from first listen, Miley settled in for an exhausting string of promotional efforts that included overstaying her welcome on “Fallon.” This weekend, fans eagerly awaited Billboard’s report to see which diva come out on top, but neither stood a fighting chance against another powerhouse.
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Marilyn Manson sat down with Billboard to chat about his album due out next month. In between giving a glowing shoutout to Lil Uzi Vert and digging in on the current political landscape, Marilyn opened up about Justin stealing his merch for the “Purpose Tour” and the aftermath.
“As for someone like Justin Bieber, he was wearing my shirt onstage, not in a Lil Uzi way,” Marilyn says. “I ran into him in some fancy bar where a lot of celebrities — a word that I despise — go. I saw a little girl in a pink hoodie with blond hair, and it turns out to be Bieber.” Marilyn approached Justin to discuss how Justin was using his “Bigger Than Satan” gear.
Mariah Carey’s fans were worried. It looked like their idol’s record for longest consecutive run at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 was in jeopardy after Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” remix tied it at 16 weeks. Their salvation came from an unlikely source.
One more week would’ve been enough for “Despacito” to pass Mariah’s 1995 jam “One Sweet Day,” but Taylor’s lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” took over the top spot on the most recent chart.
Normani Kordei and Ally Brooke Hernandez went first and scored an easy point. Lauren Jauregui and Dinah Jane Hansen followed suit with another. But then it was Ally’s turn to guess, and no one was prepared.
As Normani did her best to depict “Write On Me,” Ally couldn’t comprehend that the track wasn’t off of 5H’s newest album but was instead on “7/27.” While Lauren and Dinah cackled at her wrong guesses and tried to bust Normani for breaking the rules, Ally struggled. After a full minute of that, time was up and Ally tried to defend herself as the rest of her girls shouted out the correct answer.
Game night with Fifth Harmony seems very loud.
Check out the video, while the group is still intact, below.
(Photo credit: Billboard Video Player)
It looks like Taylor Swift might be ready to take on one of the few pop culture figures less popular than her. A new billboard Taylor put up in West Hollywood is being read as a warning shot at Kylie Jenner because of its placement and its similarity to one of Kylie’s ads.
The spot for Taylor’s song “Look What You Made Me Do” features a pic of Taylor looking out from behind her fingers. That may seem innocuous enough, but not everyone is so sure because the new ad is directly across the street from an ad for Kylie’s TV show.
The similarity in the ads is being called out as intentional. No one is sure why Taylor would be taking aim at Kylie. While it looks like Kylie might’ve been feeling shady about Taylor last year, it was around the same time as Taylor’s beef with Kylie’s half-sister Kim Kardashian-West and her husband Kanye West.
Check out pics of the new billboard and Kylie’s old one below.
(Photo credits: Taylor Swift VEVO YouTube account and Kylie Jenner Instagram account)
Billed as “fall’s wildest tourmates,” Halsey and Charli XCX are splitting cover duties for the latest issue of Billboard. As the headliner and opener duo prepares for Halsey’s September tour kick off, they apparently got really drunk after performing a “Spice Girls” cover and dished on just how messy they like to get together.
“Part of our brand is ‘hot mess,’” Halsey tells the interviewer. “Being authentic. ‘Yeah, it’s 5 a.m., and I’m wasted and I’m fucking doing that.’ So if I look like shit on a certain day…” Halsey trails off before Charli chimes in: “It’s my brand!” Halsey and Charli seem eager to position themselves as pop’s new turn up queens, but not without reservations.
“I’m scared, because I’ve been sober on every tour I’ve ever done,” Halsey explains. “And I’m not going to be with Charli there.” While Charli thinks that’s a good think, Halsey went on, “I’m neurotic. I had a really bad experience. We did Madison Square Garden and it was a sold-out show, the biggest of my career, and three songs in, everything stopped: tracks, lights, video. Everything failed, because there was one wire unplugged.”